The new Ford F-650 and F-750 were introduced yesterday at The Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, but the fine print says they’ll be 2016 model-year trucks, not available until spring 2015.
Offered in three cab styles – Regular Cab, SuperCab and Crew Cab – and three models – straight-frame, dock-height, and an all new dedicated tractor model – the new F-650/F-750 features a second-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8 diesel. It’s paired with a commercial-grade TorqShift six-speed 6R140 automatic transmission with available power takeoff to run accessories in the field, a dump body, crane, or other vocational equipment.
Both engine and transmission were developed and tested by Ford for medium-duty applications, with three horsepower and torque levels and a five-year/250,000-mile limited warranty.
The transmission features a low first-gear ratio for optimized takeoffs under load and optimized gear-ratio span across all gears for optimized fuel economy. It’s also strengthened with new materials and extra pinion gears for medium-duty service.
Ford also offers the 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine for the new trucks, mated with the 6R140 transmission. The engine can be factory-prepped for converting to compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas.
New truck features include a 110-volt power outlet, available Crew Chief factory-installed fleet-management telematics, and remote start.
Body-builders will find the 2016 F-650/F-750 easier to work with. Auxiliary components such as the diesel exhaust fluid tank and standard fuel tank are now located under the cab instead of behind it on the frame. This clean cab-to-axle design makes customizing easier, which helps reduce final costs and time to delivery.
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